Wang Yang

Hailing from one of the country's poorest provinces, Wang Yang lacks the revolutionary pedigree of the so-called "princeling" party leaders. Yet since taking office in 2007, Wang has led a far-reaching crackdown on corruption resulting in several high-profile convictions, including that of former Shenzhen mayor Xu Zongheng. He has also overseen a rise in government transparency, making the provincial capital of Guangzhou the mainland's first city to publish its budget.

Where was Li Keqiang at the opening ceremony of Shanghai free-trade zone?

Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

Yesterday, the Shanghai free-trade zone was officially launched. To the disappointment of some, the highest-ranking official from Beijing at the ceremony in the new zone was Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng.

Monday, 30 September, 2013, 9:42am 5 comments

Son-in-law of Chinese vice-premier sets up Hong Kong fund

Vice Premier Wang Yang. His son-in-law Nicholas Zhang has recently set up a new hedge fund in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

Vice-Premier Wang Yang's son-in-law recently launched a Hong Kong-based hedge fund focused on mainland equities, joining a growing number of young family members of top officials who have set up asset management businesses in the city.

18 Jul 2013 - 8:39am 6 comments

Humour can have its place in formal diplomatic settings

Wang Yang, Vice Premier of China. Photo: EPA

Vice-Premier Wang Yang's jokes in opening remarks at this year's US-China strategic and economic dialogue in Washington were uncharacteristic for a Chinese official, but they were just what was needed.

16 Jul 2013 - 3:37am

Mixed reviews over Vice-Premier's light-hearted tone

Vice-Premier Wang Yang delivers his opening remarks at the Sino-US strategic and economic dialogue in Washington. Photo: EPA

Wang Yang's surprisingly light-hearted tone in Sino-US talks - in which the vice-premier compared the countries' relationship to a "straight" marriage and joked about Americans' "longer" noses - reflects the more direct and personable style of the new Chinese leadership.

12 Jul 2013 - 8:35am 5 comments

Chinese vice-premier's gay marriage joke at US summit applauded at home

Funny? US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (left) and Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang attend the opening session of economic talks in Washington. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese government news agency deemed two jokes by Vice-Premier Wang Yang, one on same-sex marriage and one on Rupert Murdoch, so funny that it issued a "special report" on them.

Wang, speaking in Washington on Wednesday at the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, compared the relationship between the two countries to a marriage.

11 Jul 2013 - 10:52am 9 comments

'I was here' Chinese carving on ancient Egyptian wall is decried on Weibo

The inscription at Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt. Photo: SCMP Pictures

“Ding Jinhao visited this place,” a not-so-mysterious carving reads on a wall of Egypt's fabled Luxor Temple.

28 May 2013 - 8:31am 7 comments

Dire manners and 'uncivilised behaviour' of tourists is harming China's image, admits VP Wang Yang

Vice-Premier Wang Yang

The dire manners and "uncivilised behaviour" of some of its tourists are harming China's image overseas, a top official said. Vice-Premier Wang Yang singled out "talking loudly in public places, jay-walking, spitting and wilfully carving characters on items in scenic zones".

18 May 2013 - 11:41am 14 comments

'Uncivilised behaviour' of tourists is harming China's image, admits VP Wang Yang

Vice Premier Wang Yang. Photo: Xinhua

The dire manners and “uncivilised behaviour” of some Chinese tourists abroad are harming the country’s image, said a top official who lamented their poor “quality and breeding”, according to state-run media.

17 May 2013 - 5:09pm 5 comments

More concrete results will emerge from upcoming Sino-US dialogue, analysts say

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with State Councillor Yang Jiechi during their meeting in Beijing on Saturday. The next high-level meeting will be in July. Photo: AP

The closer co-operation between China and the United States over North Korea's continuing nuclear threats will provide new momentum in the upcoming China-US strategic and economic dialogue, analysts say.

15 Apr 2013 - 3:30am

State Council prioritises stabilisation of economic growth

Vice-Premier Wang Yang, who will oversee agriculture. Photo: Xinhua

The central government has made stabilising and sustaining economic growth and basic price stability policy priorities this year, according to a statement issued yesterday after a cabinet meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.

28 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

Vice-premiers' activities may shed light on division of labour in State Council

Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

The division of labour between the State Council's four vice-premiers and five state councillors, appointed last week, has yet to be made public, but the activities of two of the vice-premiers this week may shed light on their responsibilities.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:36am

New ministry needed to map out reforms

Wang Yang. Photo: Simon Song

"In fact, reforms are aimed at cutting off pieces from one's own body." Wang Yang's words may sound sadistic but they encapsulate the enormous challenges and difficulties the mainland leadership has in pushing ahead with any major reform - political, economic or social.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:45am

Wang Yang is no reformist leader

Wang Yang is no reformist leader

Wang Yang has never been far from the limelight during his five years as Guangdong party chief, so cue the headlines when he stepped down last month for another posting. Reviewing his own performance in the south, Wang said he "had not been lazy or deceptive, or tried to avoid facing up to problems".

1 Jan 2013 - 4:03am

All eyes on Hu Chunhua as he takes over as Guangdong party chief

Hu Chunhua (right) at the end of his studies at Peking University in 1983, with a Tibetan military doctor at a Beijing forum. Photo: Xinhua

New Guangdong Communist Party chief Hu Chunhua is filling some big shoes, with his predecessor, Wang Yang, one of the most high-profile and outspoken politicians on the mainland.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Briefs, November 20, 2012

Campaigners detail death of activists

20 Nov 2012 - 4:48am